Kalani Johnson is one of our best and brightest undergraduate students. She is a McNair Scholar and a Spring 2016 graduating senior, majoring in Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice with a minor in International Development. She is an accomplished student whose academic scholarship and service to the community stand out. In addition to successfully completing the University Honors Program, Kalani is regularly awarded Dean’s list recognition. As a student at UMD, she is heavily involved in giving back to the community that she came from- the Prince Georges County community. Her scholarship has been shaped by her interest in advocacy work, social change, and community service-learning. With these interests, she hopes to conduct research on and increase awareness of the social factors that make women of color vulnerable to Intimate Partner Violence. She was recently awarded second place in the Association of Black Sociologists' (ABS) Annual Undergraduate Paper Competition. The title of Kalani's paper was "A Quantitative look at the Socialization of Sex Work”. She also decided to extend her undergraduate experience beyond the walls of the classroom and in the Winter of 2014, Kalani participated in community service based study abroad programs in Ecuador and El Salvador where she worked with children in low income communities, teaching them public health and math skills. Kalani wants to continue her research by attending a doctoral program in Criminology, and if her present outstanding accomplishments are any indication of her future achievements, then she will undoubtedly continue to be a rising star.